The 1970s were an extraordinary and formative decade in UK music. Political change, civil unrest and social change were rife. Musically, the decade inherited influences from Rock ‘n’ Roll, pop, folk music and crooners. Mainly well-established singers and groups.

The late 1960s saw a shift towards a wider spread of often more defined types of music. Reggae, funk, soul, singer-songwriters, light-classical, and rock.

As has always been the case, the musical influences merged and mutated and the 1970s saw the rise of disco; an upbeat cousin to pop, funk, smooth jazz, latin, jazz fusion, and soul; which became one of the biggest genres of the decade, especially in the mid-to-late 1970s.

In 1977, the opening of the legendary Studio 54 in New York, captured the mood, joy and feel of 70s dance and disco music; and this is represented in the Lyme Bay Radio programme ‘Studio 70s’. Much 1970s music, and disco in particular, is music to dance and sing along to; music that brought a ‘smile to your ears.’

Listen to Russ from Monday 19th October at 1pm and repeated again on Saturdays at 12pm

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